anem·​o·​ne ə-ˈne-mə-nē How to pronounce anemone (audio)
: any of a large genus (Anemone) of perennial herbs of the buttercup family having lobed or divided leaves and showy flowers without petals but with conspicuous sepals

called also windflower


Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This little tube-anemone larva, in all his radially symmetrical glory, is pretty adorable. Christie Wilcox, Discover Magazine, 3 Sep. 2015 The animal is the polyp, a transparent, tentacled creature related to anemone and jellyfish. Michael Robinson Chavez, Washington Post, 22 Nov. 2022 This set of anemone candleholders by Michael Aram fits the bill. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 29 Sep. 2022 The most common anemone varieties are 'Dorothy Mechen,' showing off light purple flowers, and 'Adrienne Mechen,' a close cousin sprouting a pink center, trailing into bright white flowers at the tips. Viveka Neveln, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Sep. 2022 Arrangements of peach roses, thistle, black anemone, and deep red leaves cut from a Japanese maple tree in Lisa's yard punctuate the table. Krissa Rossbund, Better Homes & Gardens, 18 July 2022 Rather than working with corals, which are slow-growing, the researchers did most of their work on its evolutionary relative, the anemone. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 8 May 2022 But many anemone species look the same on the outside, meaning researchers need to cut them open to identify them. New York Times, 11 Mar. 2022 With extreme caution, Dr. Rodriguez suggested the fat white anemone belongs to the family Actinostolidae and the orange ones to the family Hormathiidae. New York Times, 11 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History


Latin, from Greek anemōnē

First Known Use

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of anemone was in 1548

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“Anemone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


anem·​o·​ne ə-ˈnem-ə-nē How to pronounce anemone (audio)
: any of a large genus of herbs related to the buttercups that have showy flowers

Medical Definition


anem·​o·​ne ə-ˈnem-ə-nē How to pronounce anemone (audio)
capitalized : a genus of herbs of the buttercup family (Ranunculaceae) widely distributed in temperate and subarctic regions that have lobed or divided leaves and showy flowers and that include some (as a pasqueflower) used medicinally especially formerly
: a plant or flower of the genus Anemone

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